January 2024

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Rider, and we have some special content to celebrate this important milestone.

As with every issue, we put our new bike tests front and center, and we bring you First Ride reviews of the all-new 2024 BMW R 1300 GS and 2024 Honda XL750 Transalp adventure bikes, the 2024 Honda Shadow Phantom cruiser, and the 2023 CFMOT0 450SS sportbike.

In this month’s Favorite Ride, Tim Kessel tours Northern California’s wine country, first on his own and then with his 12-year-old granddaughter.

Our other travel story is a blast from the past, in which Stephen McConnell details a two-up trip from Texas to California that he took with his wife in 1974 on a Triumph.

In other nods to riding (and Rider) history, EIC Greg Drevenstedt’s First Gear column talks about “50 Years of Rider,” our new Rider Rewindfeature takes a groovy nostalgic tour of Issue #1 from the summer of 1974, and Rider’s founding publisher, Denis Rouse, takes a look in the rear view for the Exhaust Note.

Additional stories in the January issue of Rider:

  • 2024 BMW R 1300 GS | First Ride
  • 2024 Honda XL750 Transalp | First Ride
  • 2024 Honda Shadow Phantom | First Ride
  • 2023 CFMOT0 450SS | First Ride
  • Issue #1, Summer 1974 | Rider Rewind
  • Two-Up on a Triumph | On the Road
  • Sonoma Sojourn | Favorite Ride
  • And more!


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